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Goodbye, Coffee – Hello, Chamomile
Based on the very helpful suggestion of one of my readers, I read the book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests are Normal? over the weekend. It gave me a lot of confidence going into my endocrinology appointment that I’ve done all I can with my lifestyle to support my Frankenneck.
The advice in the book was clear: maintaining stable blood sugar levels is really important and one of the facets of that is no caffeine.
Although I say I don’t drink regular coffee (and given the opportunity, I fill the corporate overlords’ coffee pots with decaf when no one is looking… sssshhhhh), I’ve been dabbling in regular coffee. My weekend breakfast usually includes a few cups, and lately, that’s sometimes sloshed over into weekdays, too. I knew it was happening and I knew it was wrong, but I was so mopey-dopey, drag-ass because of my busted thyroid, I was using coffee to perk me up. Bad move! That’s just further inflamed the Frankenneck.
So I’m re-committing to no coffee, and that includes decaf because even the unleaded variety contains trace amounts of caffeine.
In the herbal arena, I’ve tried ’em all: lemon, orange, apple, cinnamon, berry. I dislike them all. Violently. And while I can’t say I actually really like chamomile, it’s not offensive. It’s warm… I get to sip it from my giant cup that I love because it’s huge and it was a gift from my good friend Stacey… and it almost fulfills the coffee ritual (although it’s really lacking in the aroma department).
Since I’m going to be drinking this stuff, I decided to learn more about it.
One of the descriptions I found said this:
The finest chamomile flowers in the world come from the Nile River Valley of Egypt. Considered a remedy for all ills by the ancient Egyptians, this golden herb remains a modern favorite to promote calm and relieve anxiety.
Now we’re getting somewhere!
While I’m sipping my cup – which frankly, tastes a little like dirt and is not at all reminiscent of “freshly cut apples” as I was promised – I’ll pretend I look like this:
Ya know, it’s funny! I’m wearing that outfit right now.
Turning inside the body for a moment:
Chamomile is perhaps the world’s most soothing herb, helping to relieve anxiety and insomnia. Chamomile is also often used internally to treat digestive disorders… and even menstrual cramps… It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-bacterial herb.
So if I drink chamomile tea every day, I’ll be draped in jewels and have a badass crown, my eyeliner will be perfect, I’ll be relaxed and well-rested, and my monthly hormone poisoning will be more tolerable? Sign me up.